Balkan Discovery - Budapest to Bucharest

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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest - Westbound
1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Bucharest, 8-Night Danube Cruise Fetesti to Budapest, 2 Night Hotel Accommodation in Budapest

Avalon Balkan Discovery

Black Sea Discovery Map

Budapest to Bucharest (WOB) - 12 days

 

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Ship - Illumination, Passion
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to Bucharest! The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this fascinating city.

Day 2: Bucharest – Fetesti (Embarkation Day)

Much recent history has taken place in Romania’s capital city, and its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name “Paris of the East.” During your INCLUDED TOUR this morning, see the main sights including Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later a motorcoach ride takes you to Fetesti, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Day 3: St. Gheorghe. Danube Delta Excursion

This morning during breakfast, dock in St. Gheorghe, from where the excursion into the DELTA will start. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Europe’s deltas, this area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometers in length. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river. Depart St. Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small CELEBRATION to mark Km “0”—the end of the Danube’s journey. This afternoon a chance to relax and to learn more about the fascinating Delta at an ONBOARD LECTURE.

Day 4: Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta

From Cernavoda this morning, an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE shows you the highlights of this city and a visit of the NATURAL HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is included. This afternoon relax on board as you cruise westward towards Rousse.

Day 5: Rousse, Bulgaria. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi–Svistov

Dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port. A comfortable motorcoach ride away is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the ROYAL FORTRESS, and the Patriarch’s Church. With your Local Guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria’s history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, you may choose to remain on board and join an INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of Rousse after breakfast. At lunchtime, sail for Svistov, where excursion participants will rejoin the ship.

Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria. Excursion to Belogradchik

Today, enjoy a leisurely morning of sailing before arriving in Vidin, an important Danube port in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval FORTRESS, known as “Baba Vidin,” is the town’s primary landmark. It served as Vidin’s main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of ROCK FORMATIONS on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular!.

Day 7: Iron Gates. Excursion to Lepenski Vir, Serbia

The most spectacular scenery must surely be the dramatic gorge of the IRON GATES, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. After lunch dock at Donji Milanovac from where a short drive takes you to the impressive LEPENSKI VIR EXHIBITION CENTER housing archaeological artifacts found in this area and from where you have unique views of the Danube Gorge.

Day 8: Belgrade, Serbia

Early today, arrive in Belgrade. One of the oldest cities in Europe, the capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A Local Guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world’s largest orthodox church. Also visit the city’s principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS, which showcases the history of Belgrade. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, the fortress witnessed many battles and observed the courage of those trying to defend the city from conquerors. The surrounding park is the most beautiful and largest park in Belgrade. In your free time, be sure to check out the city’s lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. Perhaps visit one of the many art galleries or museums, relax in the park, or walk along the city streets and browse the local shops.

Day 9: Mohács, Hungary. Excursion to Pécs

Relax on board this morning before arriving in Mohács, the first stop in Hungary. After lunch, an included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a flourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. With a Local Guide, visit the UNDERGROUND TOMBS—now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site—many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. Later, enjoy an ORGAN CONCERT. Pécs is also a rich showcase of Turkish architecture and home to Turkish mosques, striking churches, and an enjoyable atmosphere around its restaurants and cafés.

Day 10: Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Early this morning dock in the country’s capital. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. Bid good-bye to your crew before joining a GUIDED TOUR of the city. See Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion—with spectacular views of the city—and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.

Day 11: Budapest

You have time today to explore Budapest further. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica for marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform. Or maybe you would like to join one of the optional excursions on offer.

Day 12: Budapest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
From Bucharest (WOB)
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Fetesti)
Ship

Cat. E - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat, A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck
w/ french balcony
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 15,2017
Passion
$4,159
$4,386
$5,472
$5,529
$5,644
$6,329
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 13,2017
Illumination
$4,059
$4,286
$5,372
$5,429
$5,544
$6,229
Jul 26, 2017
Jul 27,2017
Passion
$4,059
$4,286
$5,372
$5,429
$5,544
$6,229
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 24,2017
Passion
$4,059
$4,286
$5,372
$5,429
$5,544
$6,229
Sep 20, 2017
Sep 21,2017
Passion
$4,259
$4,486
$5,572
$5,629
$5,744
$6,429
Oct 18, 2017
Oct 19,2017
Passion
$3,959
$4,186
$5,272
$5,329
$5,444
$6,129
MPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $192 per passenger.
For Singe Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

For Cruise Only (No 2 nights hotel in Budapest and 1 night hotel in Bucharest): Subtract $660 from above per passenger rates. Cruise Only WBO itinerary: Arrive in Budapest on Day 3 for embarkation at 3:00pm. Depart Bucharest Day 10 upon arrival from Oltenita. Flights from Bucharest should not depart before 3 pm.//| Cruise Only WOB itinerary: Arrive Bucharest Day 2 for transfer at noon to Oltenita. Depart Budapest Day 9 upon disembarkation.

Transfers at Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Inquire for details.

Prices Include:

• 7 nights Cruise from Budapest to Oltenita (or reverse) in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation in Budapest at InterContinental (or similar; hotel subject to change) with buffet breakfast
• 1 night deluxe hotel accommodation in Bucharest at Anthenee Palace Hilton (or similar; hotel subject to change) with buffet breakfast
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, artisans, entertainers,and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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